Strong storms moving into the valley early morning

Strong storms moving into the valley early morning

(WAFF) - We made it folks! TGIF, It's Margo Gray here with your morning headlines.

All attention is on the weather this morning. We'll have our Muriel Bailey patrolling the streets to see if the potential for severe weather results in any damage reports.

A Huntsville homeowner is having a rough morning after three men armed with guns and wearing forced their way inside his home. It happened last night on Fairway drive.

Apparently, they stole some cash and even a pair of shoes and then took off.

Today, search crews will be back for the fifth day in a row to continue looking for a missing helicopter pilot who crashed in the Tennessee River out in Colbert County. The wreckage which was pulled from the water yesterday is now headed to the NTSB facility in Georgia for more investigation.

Alright positive news, businesses and homeowners along County line road in Madison, your prayers have been answered. The I-565 interchange is opening today. If the weather clears up, a ribbon cutting with the Governor will take place at 10:45 this morning.

Well, with the state in debt up to it's eyeballs...a state lottery is starting to look better and better. It's been over 15 years since Alabama voters rejected a state lottery but some lawmakers believe it's time to revisit the idea. House Minority Leader Craig Ford introduced a bill Thursday for a statewide lottery vote. Ford called a lottery a "voluntary tax" that people don't have to pay. Proceeds would be steered to the cash-strapped Medicaid program. State agencies are facing large cuts unless lawmakers find more revenue for the budget.

Here at WAFF 48 News Today, we're recognizing Child Abuse Awareness Month. April 10th is also wear blue day for the cause. On top of that, tonight the state is lighting up the capitol building in blue.

Alright, get up and put your blue on and tune in with Jim & I to get you started.